The National Archives Labs

Datasets

We have provided a variety of datasets, based on records and information held by The National Archives, to encourage web developers to experiment with new applications, online tools and ways of visualising data.

We will continue to add more datasets to this post, so do revisit Labs for new data to use. We will also update the data currently available, so please check the date in which the data has been added for the latest version. All the information about the data is below. Do let us know what you’ve done with the data by posting a comment on Labs - it would be great to hear from you.  To access the datasets, go to: data.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/.

The data we have made available through Labs is licensed under the Open Government Licence.

Domesday Places

Detail from Domesday Book

Type: WFS dataset

File format: XML

Size: 4mb

Date added: 11 January 2011

This dataset lists places mentioned in William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book. Other data shown includes current place names, latitude/longitude, and an ID number which is keyed against our placename gazetteer (The National Archives Places), supplied separately below.

NOTE: Place ID in this dataset matches Place ID in The National Archives Places.

Access the datasets here.

Medieval Petitions 1189-1577 (SC 8)

Detail from a document in Catalogue series SC8

Type: Fields extracted from The National Archives’ Catalogue

File format: Excel spreadsheet

Size: 32mb

Date added: 11 January 2011

Contained in this spreadsheet are details of petitions to the Crown and other state officials from across the medieval period.

The Catalogue entries list the petitioners and the nature of their request as well as related place names, addressees and other data. (This information is split across two columns and will need to be recombined).

Access the datasets here.

Series Statistics

A computer screen showing a document

Type: Numerical

File format: Excel spreadsheet

Size: 305k

Date added: 11 January 2011

This spreadsheet gives the numbers of pieces and documents for every series in The National Archives’ Catalogue – from A 1 to ZWEB 7. The related pivot table (943kb) gives the numbers of pieces in each class.

The data has the potential to allow visualisations showing the relative scale of our holdings across government.

Access the datasets here.

Serious Crimes 1962-76 (DPP 2)

Detail from Catalogue reference DPP 2/306: Director of Public Prosecutions: case papers, new series

Type: Fields extracted from The National Archives’ Catalogue

File format: Excel spreadsheet

Size: 1.8mb

Date added: 11 January 2011

This file series contains records from the Director of Public Prosecutions. This dataset is extracted from the most fully catalogued portion of the series and gives details of defendants, offences committed and some geographical information.

NOTE: The naming of a defendant within this dataset does not imply guilt.

Access the datasets here.

The National Archives Places

Detail from a map held at The National Archives

Type: List of georeferences

File format: CSV

Size: 19mb

Date added: 11 January 2011

This is a non-comprehensive list of uniquely identified places from across the collections of The National Archives.

Fields include current name, geometry, provenance and the ID numbers which are used as foreign keys in the other datasets.

Access the datasets here.

The National Archives Place Variants

Detail from a map held at The National Archives

Type: List of georeferences

File format: CSV

Size: 1.5mb

Date added: 11 January 2011

This is a dataset of places mentioned in Domesday Book, with historic names keyed to our dataset of current places.

NOTE: Place ID in this dataset matches Place ID in The National Archives Places.

Access the datasets here.

@ukwarcabinet

Detail from an image of Winston Churchill

Type: Extracted Twitter feed

File format: CSV

Size: 1.2mb

Date added: 11 January 2011

These tweets are from our @ukwarcabinet twitter feed, which uses British War Cabinet papers to follow the progress of the Second World War in near real time.

The spreadsheet contains tweets covering events from 1 January 1940 to 17 November 1940. Each tweet links to an original Cabinet paper through our DocumentsOnline service.

Access the datasets here.

Victorian Photographs (COPY 1)

Detail from a Victorian photograph, 1887 (Catalogue reference: COPY 1/381/253)

Type: Fields extracted from The National Archives’ Catalogue

File format: Excel spreadsheet

Size: 42mb

Date added: 11 January 2011

COPY 1 is a copyright register which contains examples of Victorian art and design sent to Stationer’s Hall in London by their creators, as proof of their ownership of the work.

This dataset is extracted from the best catalogued portion of COPY 1. Each entry gives a description of a photograph, the photographer’s name and their address.

This dataset would support georeferencing.

Access the datasets here.

Comments (6)

  • Aylarja

    A number of the graphics above are missing because it appears that the URL is pointing to a development server, which is likely not accessible by the general public.

    The National Archives reply:

    Thanks very much for reporting this, everything should now be fully accessible.

  • Richard Boulton

    What licenses are the datasets mentioned above available for use under? I can think of many uses for the data, but without a license which permits reuse I’m a bit stuck.

    The National Archives reply:

    Thanks for your interest Richard. The data we have made available through Labs is licensed under the Open Government Licence.

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  • Marie

    Hi

    I’ve tried to access the Domesday tool but here’s the message I’ve got :

    gml:featureMembers>1North Benfleet

    sorry about that. keep up the good work!

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